The Washington Mystics (4-9) are taking on the Atlanta Dream (3-11) Wednesday night. Here is a preview.
When: Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
How to watch: ESPN2; WNBA League Pass
Mystics: Natasha Cloud (Personal, Out); LaToya Sanders (Personal, Out); Tina Charles (Medical, Out); Elena Delle Donne (Back, Out); Aerial Powers (Hamstring, Out); Kiara Leslie (Questionable, Ankle); Emma Meesseman (Shoulder, Questionable)
Dream: Chennedy Carter (Ankle, Questionable); Tiffany Hayes (Personal, Out), Renee Montgomery (Personal, Out)
The Mystics and Dream are facing each other for the second time this season. The last time they matched up was just seven days ago, resulting in a 98-91 win for Washington.
In that game the Mystics was led by Stella Johnson who put on an incredible 25-point performance, making 6 shots from behind the arc. In that game, the Mystics had five players in double-figures. Atlanta had two players with 30-plus points which this time around cannot happen if a possible Meesseman-less Washington team wants to secure another win.
Betnijah Laney led with 35 points with a solid 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Courtney Williams followed with an impressive 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Mystics need to contain both.
The Mystics are coming off a one-point loss to the Mercury last Sunday while Atlanta just beat the Lynx by 3 points. Washington has gone 0-2 since Meesseman has been out with a shoulder injury. It is unclear if she will be ready to return Wednesday evening, but the Mystics will need her to keep their fading playoff hopes alive.